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Bear Creek 
Primitive 
Baptist 
Association 

1910 



ELDER J. F. MILLS, 

MODERATOR. 



J. W. JONES, 

CLERK. 

MARSHVILLE. N. C. R. F. D. 1. 



MONROE. N. C; 
Printed at The Journal Job Office. 



MINUTES 



OF 
THE 



Bear Creek 
Primitive Baptist 
Association 



spring and Fall 
Sessions, 
1910 



Twenty-sixth Spring Session, held with the Church 
at Concord, N. C, commencing on Saturday before 
the first Sunday in May, 1910. Also of the Seventy- 
ninth Annual or Fall Session, held with the Church at 
Liberty, Union county, N. C. , commencing on Satur- 
day before first Sunday in October, 1010. 



COMPILED AND DISTRIBUTED BY 
J. W. JONES, CLERK AND TREASURER, 
MARSHVILLE, N. C, R. F. D. 1. 



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Bear Creek Association Minutes. 3 
PROCEEDINGS. 

SPRING SESSION. 

Concord, N. C, April 30, 1910. 

Service commenced at 11 o*cloclc with praise and prayer 
by Elder J. A. Ashburn, and the introductory sermon de- 
livered by Elder P. D. Gold; text, Acts 17:28. 

Intermission one hour. 

Then the ministers and messengers convened in the 
house. Praise and prayer by Elder W. T. Broadway. 

The business of the day was then begun, with Elder 
Mills presiding. 

1. Called for letters from the several churches. They 
were handed in and read by Brother H. M. Baucom, the 
reading clerk. 

2. Reappointed Elder J. F. Mills moderator and J. W. 
Jones clerk. 

3. Invited corresponding messengers from sister as- 
sociations to seats. ^ 

4. Invited visiting brethren from sister associations to 
seats. 

5. Appointed a committee of arrangements as follows: 
Brethren Aaron Furr, H. M. Baucom, J. D. Carricker, 
with the Moderator and Clerk. 

6. That Elders P. D. Gold, C. A. Davis, J. A. Ashburn, 
J. E. Williams and B. L. Treece preach at the stand tomor- 
row, service to commence at 10 o'clock a. m. 

7. Adjourned till Monday at 9:30 a. m. 

While the association was in session in the house, 
preaching service was conducted at the stand by Elders 
Ashburn and Davis. Elder Davis' text, 131st Psalm; Elder 
Ashburn's text, last verse of 5th chapter of Romans. 

Sunday. May Ist. 

Assembled at the stand at 10 a. m. Elder C. A. Davis 
preached first, from St. John 17:38; then Elder P. D. Gold, 
from Genesis 45:28, followed by Elder J. A. Ashburn, who 
preached from Hebrews 1:1. 

Intermission one hour. 

Then service continued by Elder J. E. Williams from 
St. John 6:47, and closed by Elder B. L. Treece from the 
words, *1 am the way, the truth and the life." The spirit 
of the Lord was with the ministers and the saints were 
much rejoiced in spirit, and we believe the Lord was hon- 
ored and glorified in these services. 



4 Bear Creek Association Minutes. 

Monday Morning, May 2nd. 

Assembled in the house pursuant to adjournment. 
Praise and prayer by Elder T. M. Standley. 

8. Called on committee of arrangements to report. 
The same was read and adopted. 

9. Called names of messengers, noted absentees, and 
read Rules of Decorum. 

10. Called on corresponding messengers from sister 
associations to report. Elder W- T. Broadway, from Ab- 
bott's Creek, appeared and signified their wish to continue 
our correspondence; also there were present from Ab- 
bott's Creek as visitors Brethren A. L. Owens, R. F. 
Strange, A. N. Surrat, P. M. Foster, Pink Williams, Pink 
Broadway; Elder C. A. Davis, visitor from Salem; Elder 
T. M. Stanley and Brother Foster Beam, visitors from Sil- 
ver Creek; Elder J. A. Ashburn, visitor from Fisher's 
River; and Elder P. D. Gold, visitor from Wilson— all of 
whom were welcomed and seated with us. Also a file of 
minutes from the Mountain district. 

^ 11. Called on corresponding messengers to sister as- 
sociations to report. Elder Henry Taylor reported that he 
and others appointed, attended Mill Branch and had good 
meeting. 

12. Called on Presbyteries to report. No reports. 

13. That we return thanks to God, this church, and 
people of this vicinity for kindness and hospitality during 
this meeting. 

14. Adjourned to time and place mentioned in last min- 
utes. 

While the association was in session in the house, 
preaching was conducted at the stand by Elders T. M. 
Standley, W. T. Broadway and J. A. Ashburn. This was 
a very pleasant meeting throughout. Harmony and peace 
prevailed and much love and christian fellowship manifest- 
ed. There were two received into the church at Concord 
at the close of the meeting. May peace continue. 

Elder J. F. Mills, Moderator. 

J. W. Jones, Clerk. 



Bear Creek Association Minutes. 5 

MESSENGERS-SPRING SESSION, 1910. 

Bear Creek— Aaron Furr, L. Vanhoy, Elder J. E. Wil- 
liams. 

Bethany— By letter. 

Broom's Grove— Elder W. R. Helms, T. M. Broom. 

Crooked Creek-W. D. Benton, J. M. Austin, C. T. 
Mills. 

Clark's Grove— S. B. Tucker, J. L. Helms, E. Barbee. 

Concord— Wm. Whitley, J. D. Carricker. D. S. Blake. 

Freedom— Elder Jesse Brown*, C. S. Medlin''^, A. J. 
Dees*. 

High Hill-C. A. Helms, W. E. Williams, J. J. Hill-. 
Jerusalem -W. A. Helms, T. F. Mills, J. W. Godwin*. 
Jones Hill— W. H. Howard, A. A. Morton, R. T. Bur- 

rus. 

Liberty — By letter. 

Liberty Hill-Elder H. M. Williams, A. G. Helms. 

Lawyer's Spring— J. W. Jones, H. M. Baucom, C. B. 
Edwards. 

Meadow Creek— J. A. Barbee, Sr., H. Shoe, D. M. 
Hathcock. 

Mountain Creek— Elder B. L. Treece, Paul Safley, J. E. 
Russell. 

Pleasant Hill— E. J. Liles, J. M. Hartsell, ILP. Cashion. 
Pleasant Grove— C. E. Griffm, T. A. Helms, J. A. Jones. 
Union Grove— T. F. Hill, Joe Baucom. 
Watson -E. C. Williams, Joel MuHis. 

Howard's Chapel— P. A. Howard, R. B. Burrus, Alvey 
Howard. 

Running Creek- J. H. McClure, W. H. Hattey, W. M. 
Almond. 

Wadesboro— W. A. Dry, A. D. Maness, Adam Green. 

Absentees marked thus *. 



6 Bear Creek Association Minutes. 

PROCEEDINGS. 

fall session. 

* Liberty, Union County, N. C, 
October 1, 1910. 

Assembled at the stand at 11 o'clock a. m. Praise and 
prayer by Elder Jesse Brown. Introductory sermon preach- 
ed by Elder B. L. Treece; text, 3rd verse of 126 Psalm. 

Intermission one hour. 

Then assembled in the house, praise and prayer by El- 
der C. A. Davis, and proceeded to business. Elder Mills 
presiding. 

1. Called for and read letters from the several churches 
and their status noted (Brother H. M. Baucom acting as 
reading clerk) . 

2. Re-elected Elder J. F. Mills moderator and J. W. 
Jones clerk. 

3. Invited messengers from sister associations to seats. 

4. Invited visiting brethren from sister associations to 
seats. 

5. Appointed on committee of arrangements Brethren 
J. F. Green, S. L. Mullis and Aaron Furr, with Moderator 
and Clerk. 

6. Appointed on committee of finance Brethren S. A. 
Helms and H. M. Bau(!om. 

7. Elected Elders B. L. Treece, J. F. Mills, C. A. Davis 
and J. E. Williams to preach at the stand tomorrow, ser- 
vice to commence at 10 a. m. 

8. Adjourned till Monday at 9:30 a. m. 

Saturday while the association was in session in the 
house, there was preaching at the stand, first by Elder 
C. A. Davis; text, **Art thou the Christ or shall we look 
for another.'' He was followed by Elder Jesse Brown 
from Ephesians 4:5-6. 

Sunday Morning, October 2nd. 

Service opened at the stand at 10 o'clock by Elder J. E. 
Williams; text, St. John 21:16. He was followed by Elder 
B. L. Treece from Revelation 14:13. 

Intermission one hour. 

After which Elder C. A. Davis preached from II. Sam- 
uel 22:2-3. Elder Mills spoke a short while and dismissed 
the services. There were present a large and attentive 
congregation and good order prevailed, which speaks well 
for this community. 



Bear Creek Association Minutes. . 7 
Monday Morning, October 3rd. 

The association assembled in the house pursuant to ad- 
journment, praise and prayer by Elder Robert Helms, then 
proceeded to business, the Moderator presiding. 

1. Called on committee of arrangements to report. 
The same was read and adopted. 

2. Called roll of messengers, noted absentees, and read 
Rules of Decorum. 

3. Called on corresponding messengers from sister as- 
sociations to report. Elder C. A. Davis, of the newly form- 
ed association in this State, appeared and on behalf of Sa- 
lem Association asked for a correspondence with the Bear 
Creek Association, which was agreed to, and he was seat- 
ed. Brother Nathaniel Tucker was present as messenger 
from Abbott's Creek, and Brother Foster Beam from Sil- 
ver Creek, with minutes from Silver Creek and Abbott *s 
Creek. (Let our corresponding associations please send us 
one copy at least for each of our churches, which is now 
22 in number) . 

Visiting brethren present were Henry Tucker of Ab- 
bott's Creek and J. T. Greer of High Point. 

4. Called on corresponding messengers to sister associ- 
ations to report. Elder Henry Taylor reported that he and 
Elder Walter Edwards attended Mill Branch and were re- 
ceived and had good meeting. Elder H. M. Williams re- 
ported that he attended Silver Creek and was received in 
like manner. 

5. Appointed correspondence with sister associations 
as follows: 

To Salem— Elders J. E. Williams, Robert Helms, and 
file of minutes 

To Mill Branch— Elders J. F. Mills, Jesse Brown, and 
file of minutes. 

To Abbott's Creek- Elders J. E. Williams, H. M. Wil- 
liams, Brother D. B. Howard, and file of minutes. 

To Silver Creek— Elders Robert Helms, H. M. Williams, 
and file of minutes. 

To Senter— Elder H. M. Williams, and file of minutes. 

To Mountain district— Elder H. M. Williams, and file 
of minutes. 

6. Called on Presbyteries to report. Elder J. E. Wil- 
liams reported that he and Deacons G M. Tucker and J. A. 
Barbee formed a Presbytery at Running Creek on Satur- 
day before the second Sunday in May, 1910, and ordained 
Brother J. H. McClure a deacon of that church; and also 
further reported that he and Brother J. A. Barbee formed 



8 Bear Creek Association Minutes. 

a Presbytery at Liberty Hill church on Friday before the 
second Sunday in June, 1910, and ordained Brother C. W. 
Safley to the deaconship of that church. 

7. Called on Treasurer to report, who reported funds 
on hand, $1.80. 

8. Finance committee report sent up this year $30.90 
—total, $32.70. 

9. That we, the Bear Creek Primitive Baptist Associ- 
ation, now in session, state that the printer of our 1909 
minutes made the 7th and 8th sections of our Articles of 
Faith read wrong, and that this is a public notice and cor- 
rection of said error; and that our clerk is hereby request- 
ed to have our Articles of Faith in their original form and 
intent printed and attached to these minutes, and also the 
Rules of Decorum. 

(Note— See latter part of this minute). 

10 That our next Spring session be held with the 
church at Broom ^s Grove, Union county, N. C, commenc- 
ing on Saturday before the first Sunday in May, 1911, and 
that Elder B. L. Treece be appointed to preach the intro- 
ductory sermon; Elder J. F. Mills alternate. And that the 
Fall or annual session convene with the church at Watson, 
Union county, N. C, and commence on Saturday before 
the first Sunday in October, 1911, and that Elder J. E. 
Williams preach the introductory sermon; Elder Treece al- 
ternate. 

11. * That the Clerk ask Elder P. D. Gold to publish 
notices of above sessions in The Landmark. 

12. That the Clerk have 800 copies of these minutes 
printed, distributed as usual, and that we allow him the 
sum of $8.00 for services. 

13. The association donated $2.00 out of minute fund 
as a present to our moderator, Elder Mills. 

14. That we return thanks to God, this church, and 
the people of this vicinity for kindness and hospitality dur- 
ing this meeting. 

15. Adjourned to times and places above mentioned. 
Benediction by the Moderator. 

Elder J. F. Mills, Moderator. 
J. W. Jones, Clerk, 
Marsh ville, N. C. 

Monday while the association was in session in the 
house, Elders C. A. Davis and B. L. Treece conducted 
service at the stand, and thus closed a most harmonious 
and pleasant session of the Bear Creek Association. 



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10 Bear Creek Association Minutes. 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT FOR 1910. 



Sent up by the churches this year $30.90 

Left over from last year 1.80 



Total $32.70 

For printing these minutes $18.00 

Donation to Elder Mills 2.00 

Allowance to Clerk 8.00 



Total paid out $28.00 28.00 



Left in Treasury $ 4.70 



ADDRESSES OF ORDAINED MINISTERS. 

Elder J. F. Mills Marshville, N. C. 

Elder A. G. Morton Palestine, N. C. 

Elder J. E. Williams Bloomington, N. C. 

Elder Jesse Brown Cagles Mill, N. C. 

Elder W. R. Helms Mooresville, N. C. 

Elder H. M. Williams Indian Trail, N. C. 

Elder Walter Edwards Wingage, N. C. 

Elder Henry Taylor Monroe, N. C. 

Elder B. L. Treece Albemarle, N. C. 



Bear Creek Association Minutes. 11 
ARTICLES cf FAITH. 



Article 1. We believe in one only living and true God, 
the Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost. 

Art. 2. We believe in the man Jesus being the first of 
all God's creation and the pattern of all God's perfection 
in nature, providence, grace and glory, and in relative 
union with the divine Word, and thus united with the 
whole Trinity. • 

Art. 3, We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and 
New Testaments contain the only written revealed word of 
God, and are the only perfect rule of faith and practice 
for God's church in her militant state while here on earth. 

Art. 4. We believe in the doctrine of Election, that God 
chose his church in Christ Jesus before the world began. 

Art. 5. We believe in all mankind's apostacy by trans- 
gression in Adam, their federal head. 

Art. 6. We believe in the doctrine of Original Sin. 

Art. 7. We believe in the impotency of man to recov- 
er himself from his fallen state by his own free will and 
ability. 

Art. 8. We believe that sinners are justified freely by 
grace and before God by faith in Christ and his righteous- 
ness only. 

Art. 9. We believe that God's elect or church shall be 
called, converted, regenerated and sanctified by the Holy 
Spirit in due time. 

Art. 10. We believe that the saints shall persevere in 
grace and never finally fall away. 

Art. 11. We believe that baptism and the Lord's Sup- 
per are ordinances of Christ's appointment and that be- 
lievers alone are the subjects of baptism and the only 
proper communicants of the supper; that the mode of bap- 
tism is immersion, and that neither of the ordinances is to 
be altered or changed by the inventions or opinions of men. 

Art. 12. We believe that no man as a minister has any 
right to the administration of any of the ordinances of the 
gospel except such as are sound in the faith of the gospel, 
regularly baptized, called of God and have come under the 
imposition of hands by a regular presbytery. 

Art. 13. We believe in the resurrection of the dead, 
both the just and the unjust, and a general judgment. 

Art. 14. We believe that the punishment of the wicked 
will be everlasting and the joys of the righteous eternal. 



12 



Bear Creek Association Minutes. 
RULES of DECORUM. 



1. A moderator, or chief speaker, and clerk may be 
chosen by the suffrages of the members present. 

2. The chief speaker, or moderator, shall take his seat 
at the hour to which the association shall be adjourned, 
and after prayer shall proceed to business. It shall be his 
duty to keep order, and shall be entitled to the same priv- 
ilege of speech as that of another; provided he appoint one 
of the members to fill the chair during the exercise of such 
privilege, and in no case shall give a vote unless the associ- 
ation be equally divided. 

3. Only one member shall be allowed to speak at a 
time, who shall rise from his seat and address the chief 
speaker by the appellation of brother, and while speaking 
shall confine himself strictly to the subject in question, 
and shall not be interrupted unless he digress from the 
subject, and shall in no wise reflect on any other speaker, 
so as to make remarks on his slips and failings and imper- 
fections, but shall fairly give his own views of the case 
without sophistry and criticism, 

4. No person shall speak more than three times on one 
subject without leave of the association. 

5. No person shall absent himself from the association 
without leave. 

6. No member of the association shall address any oth- 
er member by any other term or name than that of brother. 

7. The chief speaker, or moderator, shall not interrupt 
one member to prohibit him from speaking until his speech 
is finished, except he break the Rules of Decorum. 

8. The names of all the members of this association 
shall be enrolled by the clerk, and be called over as often 
as the association may require. 

Any member w^ho shall willingly and knowingly break 
or violate any- of the foregoing rules of this association 
shall be reproved by the association in any way they may 
think proper, f